Getting commissioned as a freelance illustrator is not only about the illustration itself but also the business side of your creative enterprise. This workshop will guide you through how to formulate industry relevant skills including business basics, and the importance of marketing.

We will look at:

What you can do to keep customers and get repeat business.

Emphasise the significance of keeping two-way communication with your agent and potential client.

We will inspect contracts and copyright.

Dissect artwork briefs and look at information that will be applicable to building real work careers for an artist.


You will have a greater understanding of how to manage and promote your business as an illustrator

A succinct list of do’s and dont’s on how to get commissioned by an industry expert

A chance to meet other illlustrators to share challenges you face as a freelancer.


Rebecca Crabtree is an experienced design professional, a creative director and business owner. Rebecca has worked with many artists and illustrators over the years and has gathered experience in art editing, portfolios and contracts. She knows what works and what doesn’t. She established her company, Wild Apple Design in 2003. With nearly two decades of design publishing experience she has commissioned illustration of every sort. She was also the founder and a director of the Pickled Ink Artist Agency based in London. Rebecca has business development experience along with quality driven work ethics. Her project and team management skills started by spending six years at Oxford University Press and two years at a magazine company, which followed a degree in Graphic Information Design from Falmouth College of Arts. Rebecca has a great eye for colour and typography, plus a passion for creating lovely, accessible designs – whether that’s print or screen based.


Laptops and tablets are welcomed but not essential to the workshop. Handouts will be provided.

Do bring writing material if you wish to take notes.

There is no fee for attendees but spaces are limited.

If you are based outside Dorset please call us before booking your place as only Dorset residents qualify for a place.

For any further information or special requirements for course attendance, please contact The Arts Development Company: e-mail –

This Culture+ workshop is specifically for artists and creative practitioners based in Dorset. Culture+ is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund. It is providing support for the creative industry strand of the Dorset Growth Hub programme lead by WSX Enterprise.



For Artists


9 November 2017
14:00 – 16:30


Pavilion Dance South West

Westover Road, Bournemouth


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